Dan Igou (US Navy)

Dan was a RM3 Radioman Third Class Petty Officer with two Tours of Duty 1970-1971; HC-7 Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 7 with Search & Rescue missions inland and off the coast of Vietnam serving as a radioman. The squadron was detached out of Cubi Point Naval Air Base, P.I. and deployed on several aircraft carriers in the Tonkin Gulf.  HC-7 was the most decorated naval squadron during the Vietnam War.   In 1971-1974, the USS Ranger CVA61, was a combat aircraft carrier off the coast of Vietnam providing combat air missions.  Also, the USS Ranger served as a carrier support group to Haiphong Harbor, North Vietnam mining the harbor to cut off enemy shipping supplies to the forcing the end of the war.

Dan served 5 years as VVA Chapter President 952, Springfield, MO and currently serving as Past President, 2nd Vice President. 

Dan is self-employed working in the investment/retirement services business for 25 years, married to Suzanne, 5 children, 11 grandchildren & 1 great grandson.

The President’s Corner July – August 2017

The Chapter is growing and wonderful to see. I can’t believe all the hoopla and excitement about the new building space at 1925 Bennett #H.

Drop in Monday – Friday

Office Hours

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


The Smoke Em if you Got Em BBQ event is August 5th    Countryside BBQ Pro Shop 2857 S. Campbell Ave. Springfield, MO 65807.     This is a family event with hourly drawings, bounce house for the kids, 50/50 drawing, silent table auction with vendors, military vehicles, and BBQ sampling!    

Get your Tickets! 

Get your Tickets for the  $1,000.00 Ceramic Smoker/Grill with accessories give-a-way. 

6-Tickets $20.00 or 1-Ticket for $5.00

I especially want to thank all the sponsors and helpers who have taken part in the great journey and see the vision for VVA Chapter 952.


Sgt. Harlan Bristol, President


The President and Secretary’s Corner May – June 2017

Come And Grow With Us   

As of May 1st, the Chapter has an office to better meet the needs of the growing Chapter.

Did you know we are a 501(C)3 Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 952? Yes, indeed (for many years). All cash donations are accepted by mail, in person, and through the website. We are in need of items to set up the office – donations are greatly appreciated. Vehicles, good furniture, and anything of value is also accepted.

1925 E Bennett # H.

Office Hours
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


The Chapter is involved with two Memorial Day Ceremonies concurrently at the National Cemetery and Rivermonte Memorial Gardens. Join us! If you live outside the Springfield, MO area Bloomfield, Fort Leonard Wood, Higginsville, and Jacksonville will hold State Veteran Memorial Day Ceremonies. http://vfwmo.org/mo-vfw-news/mo-veterans-commission- announces-memorial-day-ceremonies-at-state-veterans-cemeteries/

The National Cemetery

When: Monday, May 29, 11:00 a.m.
Where: 1702 East Seminole Street, Springfield

The Chapter will present 2-flags. Arrive at 10:00 a.m.

Rivermonte Memorial Gardens Memorial Day Patriotic Remembrance

When: Monday, May 29, 12-1 p.m.
Where: 4500 S. Lone Pine Rd., Springfield—- Outside
What: Honoring the military, both living and deceased.


A big thank you to all who helped with the fundraising events for the year. Bill is the Outreach Coordinator so, don’t be shy. Send Bill an email for more information bbeeman7@gmail.com.

Sgt. Harlan Bristol, President grizz.b@yahoo.com veterans-springfield

Susan Phillips, Secretary revsp19@gmail.com 

Reflections on The Joplin Tornado – Ed Faught

Reflections on The Joplin Tornado

Ed Faught

On May 22, 2011 an EF-5 tornado struck the city of Joplin in the Ozark Mountains of southwestern Missouri. The tornado injured over 1,000 people and killed 161 people. Estimates for insured property damage vary from $1.9 billion to $3 billion for the city of about 50,000 people. The storm destroyed a hospital, high school, churches, homes, and other infrastructures. Communication was difficult because the tornado knocked down 17 cell phone towers. The infrastructure city damage made disaster response challenging. St. John’s Regional Medical Center set up triage in the parking lot only to have to move the triage when the hospital caught on fire.

More than 2,000 homes and businesses were destroyed and 20,000 homes lost power. The city had 25 emergency sirens; many ignored the sirens and did take shelter until it was too late. One of Joplin’s nursing homes was hit by the tornado and the bodies were deposited on the main commercial street. The tornado became the seventh deadliest in U.S. history and the deadliest in more than 60 years. As a result of the tornado, meteorological and emergency management organizations reevaluated administering tornado

dramatically improved during the past 20 years.
tornado warnings to encourage people to take shelter when warnings are issued.
Tornado picture from the CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/joplin-tornado/4/

warnings. The science of tornado detection has The National Weather Service changed the wording of

Doppler radar has evolved to detect debris in the air while the older radar technology might give false warnings. Even though the warnings could be a waste of time, it is best to take the warnings seriously. The dead from Joplin’s tornado would agree.

** Ed Faught retired at 24 years combined service in the US Army and National Guard. Ed has a B.A. in Computer and Information Systems and working on an Instructional Technology Masters program and a Masters in Emergency Management.


CBS News. Copyright © 2017 CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved May 15, 2017, from http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/joplin-tornado/4/
Cohen, N. (2011, May 22). Tornado Hits Missouri City, Killing Many. Retrieved April 04, 2017, from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/23/us/23tornado.html
Murphy, K. (2011, May 23). Tornado devastates Joplin, Missouri, 116 dead. Retrieved April 04, 2017, from http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather-tornadoes-idUSTRE74M08L20110523
Freedman, A. (2012, May 22). The Joplin Tornado, One Year Later: Where Does it Rank? Retrieved April 06, 2017, from http://www.climatecentral.org/news/the-joplin-tornado-one-year-later-where-does-it-rank

Tom’s Corner March – April 2017

Managing My Time

Tom Blubaugh

One of the problems I have always had is managing my time and choosing what is most important. I’ve read books and tried several different methods. Although I may have had some success, I did not persist. I always seemed to get off track and get involved in less important things. Being a workaholic, I felt a constant urgency to get everything done right now. This robbed me of my peace of mind and prevented me from relaxing.

I had a major heart attack in April, ’04, and I am now disabled. I was partially retired before the attack. I was working part-time for a mail contractor. Suddenly I found myself with more time available then I’ve had since I was a kid. You’d think that having all of this time would be wonderful and it is, but adjusting to it without knowing exactly what I am able to do physically has been a challenge.

One Sunday afternoon I had a session with the Lord about this. I was really frustrated and I finally asked Him for help after attempting to go it alone for all these years. What’s wrong with this picture? It seems I didn’t go to Him with my problems in the beginning of most endeavors. I always gave it my best shot first. Only when difficulties arose would I ask for His help. He told me to write down all the things I was concerned about doing.

The list looked like this:
· Internet business – eBay, garage sale, drop ship company search, computer work · The Genesis Project web site
· Photography
· Book studies
· Chores
· Recreation
· Exercise
· Reading

He then told me to put them in priority order. I noticed right away I left two things out, God and Barbara my soul mate. We both laughed about that. He then told me to separate what was work from the rest. (I have had an Internet business since 1998 which I consider work). The business turned out to be the smallest thing on the list. So He said, “Looks like work should take the shortest part of your day.” I agreed.

After I added the two omissions, He told me to put them in priority order again. This is where I had a major problem. It was very difficult because I considered them all important. This is when something truly amazing happened! He told me I was dealing with the activities rather than the main issues. The three main issues are God, Barbara and me. He said I need to change how I look at things. He then told me to write down all the activities that are involved in these three areas. It looks something like this:

· God – time, devotion, The Genesis Project website, book studies, writing. · My wife – time, relaxation, recreation, family, chores.
· Me exercise, relaxation, recreation, family, Grampa Tom’s business.

Then He dropped the bomb! He said, ”You’re trying to put me in a compartment when I am involved in everything you do“. I had never realized this, at least not in this area of my life. So, I took Him out of the box and put everything else in it.

I am consciously aware He is involved in every breath I take, every thought, every attitude, every action. I’m not sure I can explain this but I will do my best. If you are ready to receive it, He will see that you do.

All my life, at least as long as I can remember, I have been a performer. As Brennan Manning says in his book The Ragamuffin Gospel, I have seen God as a bookkeeper keeping track of my activities.

Although I have been teaching for years that God is involved in every part of my life, I was putting Him in a category like everything else. God lives outside boxes. The Holy Spirit lives in me and is a part of everything I do. There is no such thing as time to God. He lives outside of it. A day is as a thousand years to Him.

So I began to understand that I’m the one who is hung up on spending time with God. He is with me all the time. The specific time with God is for me, not for Him. The writing I do in my sessions with God is for me, not for Him. The Truth of the Bible is for me, not for Him. I remember trying to read the Bible through in a year because my pastor recommended it.

Now, I believe God wants me to read His word slowly … pondering … reasoning … applying … letting it change my life. I remember the Word says to do everything as unto the Lord. Love my neighbor as myself. Help people. This is how I praise God. This is how I bring Him glory. It was an intense session and the results were amazing.

Then He told me I’m beginning to understand. That we will keep working on it. That we will go deeper with it. I can’t wait!

The Genesis Project

Tom Blubaugh 417-812-6110


Health Corner March – April 2017

Hello to All Veterans!

My name is Steve Coffman. I served in the USN from 1966 to 1971. After an honorable discharge I went to college and received an electronics degree in 1983 and a B.Sc. in 1986.

I hurt my right knee in the Navy, and it ached for eight years. I know about veteran pain. At the urging of a health food storeowner, I began consuming his capsules. Without drugs or surgery, my knee recovered 100% in five days and never hurt again.

My restoration convinced me alternative medicine was not useless or a fraud. I began studying vitamins and minerals. My 384- page book, Ezekiel’s Medicine was published in 2009. My knowledge was fortified by The Bioelectronic Theory of Life thesis by Dr. Albert Szent-Györgyi, by The Cure For all Diseases, by Dr. Hulda R. Clark, and the research of nine other MDs, Ph.Ds and D.Sc.s.

I care unconditionally about sick and suffering people, so in 2012, I started selling my Thundervolt zapper. Zapping, as it’s called, doesn’t hurt. It isn’t shock therapy. It has been done for 100 years, and my Body Tester proves its effectiveness.

A Thundervolt zapper is a low-voltage electronic device used to destroy human pathogens. It can* raise the vitality and stamina of the user. The methodology was invented in 1993 by Dr. Clark, Ph.D., N.D. She created the first zapper procedure to apply her technology to people.

My zapper is quasi-similar to T.E.N.S. units used for pain relief. Using a Thundervolt zapper is a simple process; but it can increase body power and has the ability to kill* human parasites, fungi, molds, viruses, bacteria, toxins, and worms. It usually generates a zest for living. Seniors may become active for hours.

** The owner is a compassionate man who loves helping veterans. Call Steve at 207-660-5200, or visit online at https://zapper-zap.com/

President’s Corner March – April 2017

Come And Grow With Us

Since the last newsletter, I have been busy with fundraisers, and awarding plaques to the Local Police, Sheriff, and Fire Department. We had a luncheon with ZackMiller, Vice President-Residential & Commercial Lending and discussed ideas, projects, and future possibilities.

Charles Stapleton, VVA State President, surprised the Chapter with a visit at the Executive Meeting and the membership regular monthly meeting.. We are always glad to see him.

In April, the current Board Members enter the final year of a two year election cycle. Beginning in 2018, the positions will be elected yearly. If you are interested in serving on the board, please get in touch with me at the next meeting.

The Mount Vernon, MO Veteran’s Home is in need of basic items for the residents. The home supports 200 Veterans (14 women and 186 men) who are elderly (80 years or older) and or bed-ridden. Every quarter, Chapter members distribute items to the Mount Vernon Veteran’s Home.

The following items are needed Veteran’s Home:

DVD’s and Wireless headset for TV to offset noise level
Hygiene (Shampoo; Deodorant; Soap or body wash; Toothpaste; Toothbrushes) Electrical razors (No straight edge razors).
Hand lotion and Chap Stick
Sweat pants and shirts: Sizes small to XXX-Large – T-shirts

Are you interested in helping to distribute or assist? Contact Bill Beeman, Outreach Coordinator bbeeman7@gmail.com for further information on helping with the Veteran’s Home Project and community involvement.

Jim, Charley, and I made the trip to Columbia our quarterly state meeting. I am proud of the Chapter and accomplishments. We are growing with new members and associate members and friends of the Chapter.

I will have a medical procedure on April 5 and a birthday on the April 9th. My wife will have surgery on April 11. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

If I can answer any questions about the Chapter, be sure to call 417-894-3659 or drop me an email grizz.b8455@gmail.com. Don’t forget to visit the Chapter’s website. This is your President saying have a good April and enjoy life to it’s fullest.

Sgt. Harlan Bristol, President
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 952

Doc Barb’s Health Corner January – February 2017


There are two categories of Diabetes in medicine: Diabetes Insipidus and Diabetes Mellitus. If one hears, “that person has diabetes,” one usually understands that the person has diabetes mellitus and is not confusing it with the illness of diabetes insipidus because diabetes insipidus incidence in the general population, as per the Mayo Clinic is 3 people in 100 thousand. Hardly anyone knows another person with this illness. The person with diabetes insipidus has excessive thirst and urination. The most frequent cause of this illness is the person does not make anti diuretic hormone (ADH), also known as vasopressin. ADH is made in the supra optic nucleus of the brain, passed on to the hypothalamus and from there is released into the bloodstream by the pituitary gland. There are several reasons, all involving some sort of brain tissue damage as to why a person can quit releasing this hormone into the bloodstream. For example, one nay quit making this hormone because of a tumor or tiny stroke in the supra optic nucleus. Another example, a tumor could block the pathway to the pituitary gland. The pharmaceutical companies have produced an analog for ADH, vasopressin, and this solved the problems of excessive thirst and urination symptoms but not the underlying cause.

Diabetes mellitus is a problem with the insulin/ glucose /fat storage regulation system. Insulin is a hormone produced in the beta islet cells of the pancreas. Sometimes under special circumstances, the liver can produce some insulin but this is not the major source of production of insulin. What kind of problem within this system depends on which type of diabetes mellitus a person is experiencing? Glucose must be tightly controlled; it is needed as a fuel source by all cells of the body but can be at high levels in the bloodstream, it can damage blood vessels. Pure glucose poured through a vein will dissolve the vein much like hot water poured through a gelatin tube. A damaged blood vessel is why individuals with diabetes mellitus are more likely to have strokes.

Diabetes mellitus breaks down into type I and type II. Type I has been called juvenile diabetes because it affects younger people in greater numbers than adults. It also should be noted that type II diabetes mellitus before 1980 was uncommon in children. Type I diabetes mellitus is caused by a virus that attacks the pancreas. It wipes out the beta islet cells which produce the insulin. Interestingly, it most often does not harm the other pancreatic cells that produce the digestive enzymes. This is not true 100 percent of the time and so the person that is infected with a strain of virus that totally damages the pancreas will have type I diabetes mellitus and enzyme deficiency; without sufficient digestive enzymes, a person will experience gas, bloating, abdominal pain, nausea, and heartburn. Some adults do become afflicted with this family of viruses. They do develop type I diabetes mellitus and an afflicted person may develop the enzyme deficiency as well.

Type II diabetes mellitus is the result of developing the metabolic syndrome. The individual continues to make insulin in their pancreas but the fat cell receptors have become resistant to the insulin and do not facilitate storing the excess glucose as fat in the fat cell. How one suspects one has developed the metabolic syndrome is by noticing one is overweight and one’s body shape has gained fat around one’s middle between the rib cage and the hips. If the belly fat is protruding beyond the chest, it would be a good idea to have a blood test called hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) drawn for analysis. If the HbA1c is above 5, it is out of range and it is abnormal indicating diabetes mellitus is beginning. Medical science does not know exactly why the metabolic syndrome makes the fat cells less receptive to glucose storage. The metabolic syndrome also involves imbalances of the cholesterols and increases of their levels. Since glucose is running at high levels and doing damage to the cardiovascular system, some of the cholesterols are being stuck in the blood vessels. This causes atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). If blood pressure rises, this process increases faster. This also makes it likely the individual will develop conditions for stroke or a heart attack. As a side note, a common bacterium is found in the mouth which normally is controlled by the immune system. This species has an affinity for the heart and if the mouth’s blood vessels do not remain intact, this species will have access to the heart. That species weakens the heart and it becomes more likely to have a heart attack.

The first treatment of diabetes mellitus is to lose weight and to increase exercise. Non-exercise affects the bowel; it will slow the peristaltic movements of the bowel. The bowel works best if the lower body has enough physical movement. Alternative medicine has been leading the way in looking at the gut issues and only recently is the AMA following.

The National Institute of Health finally gave into studying the gut’s environment, the microbiome, 6 years ago. A wealth of information has been learned and it is backing up alternative medicine’s claims regarding yeast, bacteria and parasites must be in balance. Often poor digestion is a cause of weight gain; therefore, dietary changes alone do not change weight.

Digestion relies on more than just digestive enzymes; the gut needs a functioning, balanced microbiome. The organisms of the microbiome finish digestion and produce some vital byproducts the body absorbs. The AMA-FDA complex had previously held the view that all parasites and yeast must die; however, the evidence for a balance in the microbiome is overwhelming. Slowly, the medical establishment is changing; therefore, one’s AMA doctor might recommend adding probiotics to one’s diet. Many physicians are beginning to encourage people to prepare their foods from scratch and not use processed foods.

Mentioned above is since 1980, children have been developing diabetes mellitus. This seems to be in association with the use of corn syrup in foods and soft drinks. Corn syrup is fructose. Whether the human be a child or adult, too much unopposed fructose is poisonous to the body because it throws off metabolism. The liver has a complex system to handle fructose which involves eating the whole fruit. A liver can process about 4 oz. of fruit juice in 24 hours without problems. So, putting fructose into other foods and drink is excessively much and there are consequences such as the liver producing insulin and extra cholesterols (especially the undesirable very low density variety). It is a good guess that the great increase in the use of fructose has contributed to the problem of the people the United States having issues with being overweight including diabetes mellitus. This is another reason to prepare meals with whole foods from scratch.

If dietary/exercise changes do not bring the HbA1c back to 5, then the second line of treatment is added to the diet and exercise. These are medications to encourage the body to produce more insulin to force the fat cells to store the glucose as fats. If this strategy fails, then the person is placed on insulin along with dietary requirements. Exercise is always encouraged.

**Barbara J. Houk, MD, Psychiatrist (board eligible), Fellow American Psychotherapy Association. Dr. Houk has retired from clinical practice of Psychiatry. Her chief residency was in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (today known as Psychosomatic Illness Psychiatry) and retains the medical approach to the whole body through integrated medicine.

Email questions for Doc Barb’s Corner in future newsletters to Susan revsp19@gmail.com